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Published on June 17, 2016

Mercy Health System Hospitals Receive Get With The Guidelines-Stroke and Heart Failure Achievements

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (June 17, 2016) – Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital and Nazareth Hospital, which comprise Mercy Health System, a part of Trinity Health, have each received multiple awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Program. The awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment to providing the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Mercy Health System was honored with the following awards:

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital

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  • Stroke Gold Plus Award
  • Heart Failure Gold Award

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

  • Stroke Gold Plus Award
  • Heart Failure Gold Award

Nazareth Hospital

  • Stroke Gold Plus Award
  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll
  • Heart Failure Gold Plus Award
  • Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Hospitals must meet specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

Hospitals receive the Heart Failure Gold Plus Award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

Target: Heart Failure is an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines designed to reduce the risk of heart failure patients ending up back in the hospital. Hospitals are required to meet criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

“We are pleased to recognize Mercy Health System for their commitment to heart failure and stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. Get With The Guidelines research has demonstrated the impact of lowering 30-day readmissions and reducing mortality rates.”

“Our colleagues focus on patient care and patient safety,” said Sharon Carney, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Mercy Health System. “Achieving these awards is a wonderful accomplishment. It means we’re following the guidelines and succeeding at putting their safety first.”

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines® puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines® has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

Mercy Health System hospitals are consistently recognized for providing high-quality stroke care and heart failure care, as part of a comprehensive range of cardiovascular services. Mercy Fitzgerald, Mercy Philadelphia and Nazareth Hospitals are all Primary Stroke Centers. To find out more information on our services, please visit www.mercyhealth.org or call 1.877.GO MERCY.

Ann D’Antonio

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